NFTY's Haiti Relief Efforts
Aliza Slavin Gazek is the 2009-2010 President of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY).
This August will mark the fifth anniversary of the devastation incurred on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina. At a time when a natural disaster so profound seemed almost intangible in terms of identifying a starting place to help, NFTYites all over North America rallied together and raised over $35,000 in the NFTY-Katrina Challenge.
While the earthquake in Haiti does not affect our NFTY population in the same way, we must rally once again to help generate the resources necessary for food, medicine, general living provisions and such to be purchased and delivered to the most ravaged parts of Haiti. People are suffering there, and we must stand up and do what's right.
The Union for Reform Judaism to date has collected over $600,000 from
our members, and I encourage NFTYites to join in this effort as well.
If every NFTYite were to donate $18 to the URJ relief effort, NFTYites
alone could raise over $150,000. I hope that you'll join me by clicking
nfty.org/haiti, and following
the link to donate. By making your donation through the links on NFTY's
website, we can ensure that all dollars allocated by NFTYites can be
This Shabbat, whether you are at home, with friends, in your congregation, or at a NFTY event, please download the Prayer for the People of Haiti, written by NFTY Religious and Cultural Vice President, Josh Levin, and share it with your community.
NFTY will continue to develop and provide information and resources at nfty.org/haiti.
Together, we truly can change the world for the better.